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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Quebec election causes stir Voting system ItTJ TNI HIIULO revived Mental weariness the St. could be thinking ennui that often accompanies especially while can be a bore as he sits in his waiting for his Kenneth a Kansas master's car and contemplates a dog's life and the city insurance to make a call. EDMONTON The outcome of Monday's Quebec in which the Parti Quebecois received M per cent of the popular vote but won only six of the 110 seats in the national has revived discuss about voting systems that more ac- curately reflect the voters' wishes. Preferential a system abandoned in Western Canada 17 yean is view- ed by some as one alternative to the straight plurality system that produced the Quebec result. After the Liberals elected 102 members in Quebec with 54 per cent of the popular there were suggestions that proportional representa- tion should be considered. This system would see ridings abolished and seats allocated to parties according to their percentage of the vote. This system probably would have given the Parti Quebecois 33 seats. British Alberta and Manitoba have used the preferential voting system at one time or another. The ex- perience was short-lived in and Alberta reverted to the single-choice ballot in 1956 after using preferential balloting for 32 years. B.C. tried it in the 1992 and provincial elec- and in Mnitoba it was used in Greater Winnipeg but not on a province-wide basis. Canada has never had a pro- portional-representation voting which has been tried in several European in constituency boun- daries are drawn up on the basis of proportional representation according to population. in a federal Ontario with the greatest population elects the highest number of Commons members. Exceptions are made in some cases where certain provinces are guaranteed a minimum number of under terms of Confederation or elections or redistribution acts. The preferential voting sys- tem in described by chief electoral officer F. H. Hurley in 1952 as was abolished in 1953 by order of Social Credit Premier W. A. C. over the protests of Liberals and Progressive Con- servatives. is just a case of using the common numerals 1-2-3-4 or as far as you want to go up to the number of candidates 01 row said. Mr. listed Httrity alternative ballot makes certain that BO one Is elected who is not supported by more voters than all of Us added When polls closed first- choice votes were counted. If no candidate got an absolute majority of first the candidate with the fewest votes was discarded and his ballots were given to can- didates marked as second choice. If still no candidate had an absolute the lowest candidate remaining was dropped and his ballots distributed among the second- choice candidates. The process continued until one candidate had more than 50 per cent of votes cast in his riding After the 1953 in which the Social Credit party converted a minority position into a clear the al- ternative voting system was abandoned it was claimed it was more cumbersome than single- choice voting. Manitoba adopted a hybrid system in 1924 under which Greater Winnipeg was made a single constituency of 10 members while rural ridings wers single-member seats with a transferable ballot. In IfM Winnipeg changed to tifee four member con- stituencies and in 1965 the province reverted to single member constituencies with straight plurality votes. In preferential balloting was introduced in 1924 by the United Farmers of Alberta government under Premier Herbert Greenfield. Thirty-two years dur- debate in the Alberta legislature to-scrap the Liberal opposition leader J. Harper now a said he admired the UFA for introducing the system because was load- ed against the The UFA survived under the system until 1935 when William Aberhart's Social Credit party swept into power. In calling for the system to be the Social Credit government said it was for the made it difficult to tabulate results and had the effect of many voters. FIRST RACE The first motorcycle race was held between Pans and Dieppe in 1897 Princess Anne's biography discloses stubborn streak By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON When Princess who has a fa- mous was still at the fashionable Benenden school in she clashed one day with her riding instructor who insisted she wear a hard cap for her own protection during a school pageant the Queen's daughter produced her ulti- mate weapon. won't do she stormed. phone Anne carried out her only to hear Mummy say you've been told to wear a you jolly well will wear a The told in Helen Cathcart's new biography Anne and the Princesses published here by W. H. is characteristic from several angles. It con- veys something of Anne's stubborn to which many friends and associates her refusal to be mol- lycoddled in a risky under- and the Queen's own down-to-earth style with her children. HAS STRONG WILL Anne Elizabeth Alice 23 last Aug. is very much an individualist among the small band of European royal princesses. Strong- often palace staff are said to call her when she's in a black and as quick to impatience as her Prince Anne also is physically witty and unpompous. Whether or as one for- mer schoolmate and a riding rival have she will the in her mar- riage with army Capt. Mark her strength of char- acter has never been more toughly tested than this year. On top of the strain of keep- ing her romance secret and preparing to defend her Eu- ropean individual champion- ship at the Kiev horse events in she has come in for harsh public criticism of a kind rarely dished out to young future espe- cially princesses. IS ROYAL CRITIC Most of the barbs have come from Scottish socialist MP Willie whose specialty is monitoring the cost of the Royal Family to the taxpayer. He objected to the army supplying a low-rent home for plain and pri- cey young after her when she receives a raise in her state al- lowance. But who identifies strongly with her fre- quently a controversial fig- has early learned to cope with brickbats. knockers have to have she said during the 1970 tour of when some Australians complained she looked bored and aloof. it was my father they knocked. Now it's But she also remarked with some difficult to keep the smile bright when you're fourth in Anne's place in the succes- sion to the in is likely to become more remote when Charles marries and raises a and as her younger brothers grow up. This may mean she and Mark Phillips can lead the kind of country life they un- doubtedly both long sur- rounded by horses and dogs and away from the press and TV cameras. COURTSHIP SECRET Anne has a reputation for getting what she and that includes her choice of husband. As a schoolgirl she vowed she would marry the man she am not going to be fobbed off with any old and she succeeded brilliantly in constriving her secret courtship with snatched weekends at a friend's in Yorkshire and even meetings in horseboxes. the 25-year-old son of a horsy Cotswold family with few aristocritic only recently acquired' a coat of with a white horse as her least in his equal passion for horses and competitive riding. Anne's dedication to the horse straight from the who as a small girl was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up and pied horse LIKES WINNING Not merely riding but win- ning means everything to school riding coach said she has an fa- obsession with and she has been known to lash out unmercifully at less competent riders who spoiled a team effort. She gets keen satisfaction out of risky physical activities and does them well and like her who taught her to drive his sports car in the palace grounds when she was only she once wrote in a school was her idea of nearest thing to maybe somebody you really care along as a compan- ion. CLOSE TO FATHER Anne has always been ex- ceptionally close to her fa- ther. As a she even co- pied his hands clasped behind the back. Her occa- sional flash of salty language and impatience with the press is pure Philip Mountbatten. One cannot imagine the Queen ever having as Anne did in can't see a thing in this bloody or rounding irritably on photographers in Kiev with a brusque But her impulsiveness and even imperiousness can be wielded as when she held up proceedings in a royal in Australia until a policeman could be found to take charge of a lost and frightened little boy in the crowd. Anne has been undertaking public duties almost since she left school and has travelled more in the last two years than any other member of the Royal Family except Philip. She hates being stared at when off-duty. I feel like an animal in the zoo at feeding- she once complained to MARKET SUED CHICAGO The Chi- cago Board of world's largest commodity futures ex- has been named de- fendant in a class action suit charging its limita- tion on soybean trade in June was illegal. a dinner escort. But she en- thusiastically joined in the on- stage dancing after perform- ances of the rock musical Hair. DISLIKES COOKING Anne is not as domestic by nature as her cousin Alexan- dra. It's thought she hasn't cooked since she had to pass a bacon-and-sausage test for the Girl Guides at the age of 10. She has little time fo the cause of women's believing herself quite liber- ated enough. Despite her fondness for tough trouser suits and jod- Anne is keen on clothes and has a good eye for fashionable outfits in bright citrus colors. she buys them from ready-to-wear Susan rather than an expensive royal couturier. Susan Small is also making her wedding dress. Almost Anne has revolutionized flagging British hat sales with her bold bought for from a little-known London boutique Anne is widely admired among the British public for her humor and spir- ited determination to be her own self. Her choice of mate is undoubtedly also widely native Englishman rather than a foreign princel- and a still the most honorable career for a young man in the eyes of most older Britons. In in a poll on world's most admired taken at the time of the Queen's silver wedding celebrations last Anne ranked after the Queen herself and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Stiff jail sentences imposed BERLIN East Ger- many imposed stiff jail sen- tences today on three West Germans accused of helping East German refugees reach the West in return for payment. The sentences handed down by an East Berlin rang- ing from seven to were the harshest imposed and made public in the last seven years. The three defendants were Karl Heinz Jens Runge and Han-Dieter Voss. The official East Germany news agency ADN said trial testimony showed that all three accused were members of three organizations in West Berlin and West Germany that cany out refugee escapes for pay. Trial testimony showed that up to 99 persons had been helped to escape by the the news agency said. ADN said that the rings con- v centrated on the escapes of doctors and other professional persons. West German and West Ber- lin officials were accused of aiding the rings and ADN said that a West Berlin policeman named Erich Renkwitc testified to that effect as a witness. Sears Great Value Story... 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